Kate Middleton’s emotional admission to Queen at Christmas about Prince George

Kate Middleton and Prince William didn’t have any childcare help in the first few months of Prince George’s life – and it led to Kate having a heart-to-heart with the Queen one Christmas at Sandringham

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have always been determined to give their children a normal upbringing.

They even opted against hiring a nanny when they welcomed their first son Prince George in 2013.

Instead, shortly after he was born, the Cambridges moved into Kate’s family home, The Manor, with her parents Michael and Carole Middleton, who helped out.

But when they moved out by themselves, and started to care for a young baby while juggling their royal duties, things became difficult.

And it’s thought that Kate opened up to the Queen about how difficult she was finding it during the family’s visit to Sandringham for Christmas, when the two women had a heart to heart.

Kate and the Queen on one of their first joint engagements together


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Royal expert Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV’s documentary Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again: “Kate was having a conversation with the Queen in which she confided that she had found being with George on her own, and not having a full-time nanny or a maternity nurse, very hard.

“William and Kate wanted to be hands-on parents, and they did it until September and then they recruited a nanny.”

Nicholl claims that they learnt from George and when Princess Charlotte was born, one of the first appointments was a maternity nurse.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with their children George, Charlotte and Louis


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Parenting writer Kelly Rose Bradford added: “I think despite their good intentions first time around, Kate and William did soon realise they couldn’t hold down their jobs and also care full time for their child.”

Since George’s birth in 2013, William and Kate have welcomed two more children – Charlotte and Prince Louis.

This festive season, the Cambridges will celebrate the big day at their country retreat of Anmer Hall in Norfolk and will be joined by some of Kate’s family.

They will make time to see the Queen, who is spending Christmas at Windsor Castle, where she will be joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

William and Kate at the concert earlier this month


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Tonight, a Christmas carol concert called Together at Christmas, which is hosted by Kate is being screened on ITV.

Kate gathered 1,200 unsung Covid-19 heroes to record the festive telly spectacular at Westminster Abbey earlier this month.

Popstars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding, England footy hero Jordan Henderson and comic Jason Manford are among those who sprinkled festive stardust on the event.

Also in attendance were Zara and Mike Tindall, Sophie Wessex and Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Kate, who wore a Catherine Walker coat and sapphire diamond fringed earrings on loan from the Queen, wrote a foreword in the Abbey’s order of service.

She said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us all with countless and previously unimaginable challenges. We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.

“Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need. And through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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